To vie or not? Court set to rule on Sonko’s election eligibility

The High Court in Mombasa is set to deliver a ruling on whether Mike Sonko should participate in the August 9 polls.

This is after court stopped the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from clearing impeached governors citing eligibility of the leaders to vie for office.

Sonko is battling three petitions filed in the courts of Mombasa and Eldoret both seeking to block him from running for office.

He was impeached as Nairobi governor in December 2020 and is now eyeing the Mombasa governor seat under a Wiper Party ticket.

On Monday IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said impeached leaders such as Sonko and Ferdinand Waititu who was ousted in Kiambu cannot be cleared to vie.

“On the issue of leadership and integrity, Article 75 of the Constitution is very clear. For those individuals found wanting as relates to Chapter Six, and found my any institution by law to fall short of Chapter Six, by way of impeachment, the commission’s position is that they will not be cleared to participate in the elections,” Chebukati said

Sonko has however maintained he is innocent of the allegations of abuse of office that led to his impeachment, until proven guilty by the court.

  

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